What Cataracts are
More then half of older Americans have cataracts. This is a clouding of the lens in the eye that impairs vision. When protein builds up in the eye it makes the lens clouding, forming the cataracts. This prevents light from passing clearly through the lens. The eye can not process the light rays that normally bends to focus objects onto the retina lining the back of the eye. Images get distorted and the brain can not process the image. Because of this cataracts often cause some loss of vision.
There are several types of cataracts. Age related cataracts develop as a result of aging and are very common. Congenital cataracts are sometimes found in babies at birth because of infection, injury or poor development in the womb. These can also form during childhood. Secondary cataracts develop as a side effect of other medical conditions. These include diabetes, exposure to toxic substances, certain drugs, ultraviolet light and radiation. The last kind of cataracts are traumatic cataracts. These form after an injury to the eye.Certain factors can also increase the risk of getting cataracts such as air pollution, cigarette smoke, and heavy alcohol consumption.
Cataract sometimes go unnoticed until they noticeably block light. This is because they form slowly and cause few other symptoms. Some other symptoms include cloudy, blurry, foggy or filmy vision. The lens of the eye can get discolored and act as a filter, changing the ways you see color. Progressive nearsightedness in older people can occur. This is often called second sight because they may no longer need glasses for reading. Glare from oncoming headlights may make it difficult to drive at night. Double Vision and problems with glare during the day can also occur. Someone with cataracts may notice a sudden change with there eye glass prescription.
Unfortunately there is no known way to prevent cataracts. Older adults are at a higher risk of getting cataracts and need to be checked regularly. This is especially important if you have a family history of eye problems or other risk factors, such as diabetes.
What cataract surgery involves
Candidates for eye surgery include those whose vision lose cannot be corrected with new glasses and whose cataracts interfere with daily life. The surgery is very successful at restoring vision. Your surgeon will make a very small incision on the surface of the eye using a operating microscope. A thin ultrasound probe is inserted into the eye. Ultrasonic vibratons are used to dissolve the clouded lens. These tiny fragmented pieces are then suctioned out through the same ultrasound probe. An artificial lens is then placed where the cataract once was. This lens is essential to help your eye focus after surgery. This is usually performed as an outpatient.
Lasik in Vista
There are several opthomologist offices that will preform cataract surgery.
Victor Wechter MD IncorporatedVictor Wechter1020 E Vista WayVista, CA 92084(760) 940-1700
Morris Eye GroupJeffrey B Morris1930 Via CtrVista, CA 92081(760) 631-3500
Morris Eye GroupTara Viechnicki1930 Via CtrVista, CA 92081(760) 631-3500
Kaiser Permanente Med Grp OPHGary D Groesbeck780 Shadowridge DrVista, CA 92083(760) 599-6466
Kaiser Permanente Med Grp OPHNancy L Newman780 Shadowridge DrVista, CA 92083(760) 599-6466
Kaiser Permanente Med Grp OPHSteven E Zane780 Shadowridge DrVista, CA 92083(760) 599-6466
Bradley W Greider MD & AssocsWilliam Adams2067 W Vista Way Ste 120Vista, CA 92083(760) 758-2020
Paul M Bonds MDPaul M Bonds2095 W Vista Way Ste 216Vista, CA 92083(760) 758-3600
Bradley W Greider MD & AssocsBradley W Greider2067 W Vista Way Ste 120Vista, CA 92083(760) 758-2020
Bradley W Greider MD & AssocsChristopher N Spellman2067 W Vista Way Ste 120Vista, CA 92083(760) 758-2020